Ben Lyons

Ben Lyons (born October 8, 1981) is an American entertainment reporter and sportscaster.

Ben Lyons
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Lyons in March 2012
Benjamin Lyons

(1981-10-08) October 8, 1981 (age 39)
OccupationEntertainment reporter, sportscaster
Years active2002–present

Early lifeEdit

Lyons is the son of entertainment reporter Jeffrey Lyons and the grandson of the American newspaper columnist Leonard Lyons.[1]


Lyons started his own production company in 2002 and produced segments for the TV show, Hip-Hop Nation. In 2004, MTV hired him to co-host Your Movie Show. In 2006, Lyons hosted entertainment segments on The Daily 10. In addition, he began to write a column for E! Online called "The Lyons Den".[citation needed] Lyons hosted My Family's Got GUTS, on Nickelodeon and has appeared in Disaster Movie and The House Bunny. He is a regular contributor to Good Morning America. In 2012, Lyons left E! and became a correspondent on Extra.[citation needed] Lyons also joined ESPN as a commentator in 2012.

In September 2008, Lyons became a co-host of the TV show, At the Movies.[2][3] Critics said Lyons lacked a proper understanding of film history,[2] used language that sounded like movie advertising (in order to promote his own profile),[4] and had a conflict of interest with some actors whose movies he reviewed.[2][5] Roger Ebert gave implied criticism of Lyons in his online blog.[6][7] Lyons and his co-host, Ben Mankiewicz, were fired from the program less than a year later, on August 2009.

Lyons also hosts a podcast of The Players' Tribune.[8] Lyons is ESPN Sports Commentator. Lyons was named Fathom Events host in April 2016.[9]


Lyons was inducted into the Southern California Sports Hall of Fame in 2020.[10]


  1. ^ "Jeffrey Lyons Named Host of the 13th Annual San Diego Film Festival"[permanent dead link] Retrieved 30 June 2015
  2. ^ a b c Chris Lee (December 28, 2008). "Critic Ben Lyons gets many thumbs down". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-12-27.
  3. ^ Anne Thompson (July 22, 2008). "Lyons, Mankiewicz to host 'Movies'". Variety. Archived from the original on September 12, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-18.
  4. ^ Rush & Molloy (August 1, 2008). "Jeffrey Lyons pans son's critics". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2009-01-12.
  5. ^ Adam Kempenaar and Matty Robinson (November 7, 2008). "FS #234: Synecdoche, New York/Role Models/David Wain/Top 5 Movies About Mortality". Filmspotting. Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  6. ^ Roger Ebert (October 28, 2008). "Roger Ebert's Journal: Roger's little rule book". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 2008-12-27. Retrieved 2009-01-12.
  7. ^ Roger Ebert (November 25, 2009). "Roger Ebert's Journal: Time keeps on slip, slip, slippin' away". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 2009-11-30. Retrieved 2009-11-30.
  8. ^ "Derek Jeter-Founded The Players' Tribune Announces Its Official Launch And Strategic Partnerships". Virtual Press Office. Archived from the original on 17 March 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Fathom Events Names Ben Lyons as the Brand's First Official Host". BusinessWire. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Sports Shorts". Jewish Sports Review. 12 (137): 17. January–February 2020.

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